Pink Slime Process

This story has been in the news a lot the last few days. Check out this news story. The pink slime is a filler which takes waste trimmings and reprocesses them in a way that the trimmings can be added back into the final product. I thought this video was very interesting and explained the

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Calories on Menus

Restaurants, everywhere are listing their calorie information on their menus. As a consumer, always be aware of the size of the portions along with the calories displayed on the menus.  This really is the key. At Midwest Laboratories, we test food packages sold in restaurants and the numbers can be staggering at times. Most of

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Food at the Movie Theaters

Check out this Consumer Reports study on the numbers behind what we are putting in our mouths. The numbers are a bit alarming. I think another study should also be performed with respect to the amount of money that is made on marking up pop and popcorn. The table listed below really is scary. I

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3 Trends in Organic Food Purchases

Percentage of consumers in U.S. stating they purchased #organic #food products at 41.8%, up from 39.8% last year. goo.gl/JYOL7 — i2agriculture (@i2agriculture) February 16, 2012 I saw this tweet and had to read the associated article. I took away three key points from the article: Source (Percentage of consumers in U.S. stating they purchased organic

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Students turn food scraps into compost

The students at St. Paul Catholic School in Cleveland, Ohio  are taking  composting to a new level. I really like this article, “Students at S. Paul turn food scraps into soil”  by Colette M. Jenkins and I wanted to highlight some of the key points. The Rev. Ralph Thomas  stated, “…It  is our job  to

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What happens to expired supermarket food?

Have you ever thought about this question. With over 15,000 different product in an average supermarket, (according to Food Marketing Institute) stores must do something with expired  items. I came across this article in Forbes “What Happens To Old and Expired Supermarket Foods” by Nadia Arumugam – January 6, 2012  – Please read this article,

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Shelf Life Study Testing

Shelf Life Study Testing  Midwest laboratories offers a variety of testing including real time, accelerated, and refrigerated.

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Food Safety – Local Organic Foods

The recent trend regarding foodborne illnesses has been to turn to locally grown, organic foods. The following article, Local, Organic Foods Not Always Safer looks at the issue and highlights some important information.  It’s main point is that food safety  really is in the hands of the company, grower and management team.  President Obama signed

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Bacteria and Soda Pop

This issue continues to be in the news.  Companies really need to take this issue seriously and consider adopting measures which will insure the safety of consumers.  In January, 2010 a formal study of bacteria in soda fountains was conducted. Since that study, we have received inquiries regarding this information. It really comes down to

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Almond Harvest

Check out this video which looks at the process of harvesting almonds. On this field 2,600 lbs per acre will be harvested. Check out the steps that take place in harvesting and watch how the almonds fall to the ground while the trees are shaking.   Here were some interesting points that the video made.

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